Say YES to Seychelles

Say YES to Seychelles

Planning your dream island getaway can be exhausting. So many places to choose from – and if you’re a seasoned traveler, you’ve probably been to all the best places already. The Maldives, Jamaica, the Caymans, Aruba, Hawaii – all gorgeous places, but you want something different, somewhere unspoiled, pristine, quiet. A place to soak up the peace and indulge in opulence without losing that authentic island vibe. If only such a fantasy haven existed… 

 

You’re in for a treat. Nestled in the warm embrace of the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa, lies a tiny slice of utopia, a nation made up of 115 little islands. One of the smallest countries in the world, but bursting with charm, hospitality, and heart-stopping beauty.  

 

I present to you: Seychelles. 

 

If this stunning island nation hasn’t been on your radar yet, don’t feel bad. Seychelles is something of a hidden gem, frequented by royalty, Hollywood elite, and travelers like you who appreciate the finer things in life. This secluded paradise will satisfy all your biggest travel fantasies. Lush greenery, blindingly white beaches, sparkling seas in every shade of blue, bold granite mountains, and some of the friendliest people in the world.  

 

Each island has its own personality, but the three most popular are Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. 

 

Mahé – This is the largest of the islands, and where you’ll find Victoria, the capital city. One of the smallest capital cities in the world! Dramatic mountainscapes, postcard-perfect beaches, and calm seas make this a fantastic choice for a first stay in Seychelles. Visit Morne Seychellois National Park for some hiking, jump in the water for snorkeling or scuba diving, and relax in one of the island’s elegant 5-star resorts. 

 

Praslin – The next largest island after Mahé, Praslin is a picturesque, peaceful paradise. Every bit as elegant as big sister Mahé, the pace here is a bit more laid back. Although it’s rated as having some of the best beaches in the world, Praslin offers more than just beach lounging. Explore the hidden valleys and wild forests of Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

 

La Digue – If you’re seeking a more authentic vibe, be sure to visit La Digue. At half the size of Praslin, this tiny island is best explored by bicycle. If you’re craving the chance to go offline and really slow down, this is the perfect place to do so. Wander the local villages where life moves at a slower pace. Explore the untouched coastline. Discover hidden coves and find your perfect secret beach. Unplug and bask in the peace. 

 

There are a few things to know before you book that vacation – the most important being that wherever you choose to go in Seychelle, you’re going to have a life-changing, beautiful trip. Having said that… 

 

Weather – The weather is warm all year round, with temperatures from the 70s to 80s. December and January are the rainiest months. 

 

Currency – Seychellois Rupees. At the time of writing are approximately 1 USD = 13 SCR. 

 

Visa – Seychelle is a visa-free country! A visitor permit will be issued upon arrival. 

 

Language – Seychellois Creole is the most common language, but French and English are also spoken.  

 

To recap: perfect weather, no visa required, they speak English, and you couldn’t ask for a more gorgeous, unspoiled island getaway. We’ll safely assume that this stunning island country is now at the top of your travel list.  

 

You’re welcome.  

5 Reasons Why Antigua Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List

5 Reasons Why Antigua Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List

When you think of the perfect Caribbean vacation, what comes to mind? Endless, pristine white sand beaches and a brilliant aquamarine sea? Friendly locals and a laid-back vibe where no one’s in a hurry to get anywhere? Delicious, flavorsome food with lots of spice? Lots of fun ways to get your blood pumping while exploring gorgeous natural surroundings?

Well, you’ve basically just described Antigua. This gem in the Caribbean boasts all these things and more, in abundance. One of the most beautiful places in the world, Antigua offers a staggering range of possibilities for your perfect island vacation. Read on for 5 reasons you need to move Antigua to the top of your travel bucket list.

    1. The food! – Caribbean food is known for having a kick, and the food in Antigua is sure to tickle your tastebuds and have you hungry for more. Snack on conch fritters, a popular local treat. And make sure to try the national dish, fungee and pepperpot – you know you want to try it for the name alone – which is a sort of stew with cornmeal patties.
      And don’t forget about the seafood. Antigua is known for its fresh seafood, including lobster, shrimp, and fish. Grilled or fried, it doesn’t matter. Seafood is a must-experience staple of Antiguan cuisine. Paired with rice, vegetables, and other local ingredients, you’ll be in taste bud heaven!
    2. Outdoor adventures – There are so many activities to keep you fascinated and exhilarated in Antigua. Swimming with stingrays (don’t worry, it’s totally safe), Snorkeling with sea turtles. Cruising in a catamaran. Hiking, boat tours, kayaking, paddleboarding – take your pick or do it all!
    3. Pink Sand Beach – White sand beaches are great – and there are plenty to choose from in Antigua – if you crave something a bit extra, visit Pink Sand Beach. Take the Barbuda Express Ferry for the 90-minute ride to this incredible natural wonder. The pink hue of the sand is caused by the coral reefs off the coast.
    4. Explore history at Nelson’s Dockyard – This site was a British naval base in the 18th century which was restored in the 1950s. Now it’s a popular tourist destination, featuring a museum, historic forts, hiking trails, art galleries, cafes, and even 5-star accommodations.
    5. The vibes! – Everyone should get a chance to live on “island time.” Just living in the moment, enjoying life, not in a hurry to be anywhere. The locals are always friendly, helpful, and happy to share their favorite spots with you.

And if you’re looking for nightlife and festivities, Antigua has that too! If you’re lucky enough to visit during “Mas” (that’s their 2-week-long Carnival celebration), be ready for an experience you’ll never forget! This festival is full of parades, music, food, and fabulous costumes. Don’t be afraid to get involved!

Have we convinced you yet? Exquisite beaches (in unusual colors!), friendly locals, history and culture, food and festivals, adventures and relaxation – what more could you possibly want? With so much to offer, your only challenge will be finding time to do it all.

So, come discover this island paradise for yourself. We bet you’ll never want to leave!